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02-04-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Third Party P-TTL flash for K-3

Any one have first hand experience with shoe mounted flash for the K-3? I have a Bell and Howell that works fine on my K-x, but not on the K-3. The Pentax flashes are just too expensive. Your advice will be much appreciated.


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Which model flash and how does it not work?


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Be careful when using older flashes with modern cameras....the higher voltages could damage your camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentax Bob Quote
Any one have first hand experience with shoe mounted flash for the K-3? I have a Bell and Howell that works fine on my K-x, but not on the K-3. The Pentax flashes are just too expensive. Your advice will be much appreciated.


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So far, after limited testing, the Metz 52 AF-1 works beautifully with my K-3 using P-TTL, both on the camera and off in slave mode.

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QuoteOriginally posted by manishved Quote
Be careful when using older flashes with modern cameras....the higher voltages could damage your camera...
There are modern P-TTL flashes made by Tumax and sold under the Bell & Howell name. I suspect that the OP owns one of those.


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I have Metz 48 AF-1 (no longer available, but you can find it used) and from cursory testing - it seems to work just fine. Better then with K-30 actually, which had some issues. Wireless also works.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
So far, after limited testing, the Metz 52 AF-1 works beautifully with my K-3 using P-TTL, both on the camera and off in slave mode.
Im happy with my Metz 52 AF-1 as well. Everything works as intended and you can upgrade the firmware easily by USB.
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Metz flashes are great and I won't part with them unless something better comes along. As stated above, P-TTL works great(too bad you can't go P-TTL w/manual control).

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Metz flashes are great and I won't part with them unless something better comes along. As stated above, P-TTL works great(too bad you can't go P-TTL w/manual control).
Yeh, pity they have problems with the K5 (Pentax's fault I think).
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I run a Sigma 530Super and it goes like a champ.
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Looks like the Metz doesn't have P-TTL though. Much more accurate than TTL.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gosman Quote
Looks like the Metz doesn't have P-TTL though. Much more accurate than TTL.
The Metz 52 AF-1 (for Pentax) certainly has P-TTL!
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Have you read this website on Pentax and P-TTL flashes?
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I have the Metz 58 AF2 and that has PTTL and works like a charm on the K-3.
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Well the Metz's are certainly less costly than the Pentax WRs. But I think the weather resistance would be good for outdoor work that I want to do.
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